Sow indoors in late winter. Keep at 65-70°F.
Direct sow in spring to early summer for flowers the following year.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Jupiter's Beard will naturalize in well-drained, less fertile soils in sunny meadow gardens or add a wildflower ambiance to cottage gardens with its relaxed habit and free-flowering ways. Massed on sloping ground, it can also help prevent erosion. Pinch established plants to 4" tall to encourage a well-branched habit and shear most to the ground after bloom to avoid excessive self-sowing and promote a second, later bloom.
Provide about 1" per week to get plants well-established, then water during dry spells.
Neutral to slightly alkaline
Mix in a few inches of compost prior to planting, and topdress with an inch or two each fall thereafter.
Diseases & Pests:
Aphids and mealybugs can be troublesome; if detected, treat with an insecticidal soap or neem oil. Avoid crown rot by planting only in well-drained locations. Spreads rapidly by self sown seeds.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when 1-2 to 3/4 florets open.